Posts tagged ‘Ghostface Killah’

July 22, 2012

Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap

 

Last night saw the European premiere of Ice-T’s highly anticipated documentary, Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap. The event was not one to be missed for any hip-hop heads and lovers of wordplay. UK rappers we saw there included Sway, Wretch 32, Jehst, K. Koke and Exo

Contributing founder of gangster rap Ice-T enlisted legends of the hip-hop scene to talk us through their thought-processes, favourite rap lyrics and how they started out in the game.

An impressive amount of artists were featured, including Chuck DImmortal TechniqueNasRun-DMCSnoop DoggEminemDougie FreshGrandmaster CazDr DreKanye WestRakimJoe BuddenMelle Mel, Common and more.

We were taken right back to the basics, with New York back-drops heavily featured in the visuals, reminding us of hip-hop’s place of birth. Ice-T then took us through to Detroit and of course, to his turf – the West Coast. Interestingly enough, the south was not featured, leaving out some key players.

The film was quite fast-paced for a documentary film, which would keep some people entertained; however I found the quick transitions quite overwhelming at times.

Regardless, the film was informative and funny. Ice-T ensured there were many moments of humour, which made the film for me. Hip-hop is known to be an egotistical form of art, so it was refreshing to see lyricists discuss their most vulnerable moments.

 

One cringe-worthy revelation ironically came from Kanye West. As he was interviewed, he told us about his first rap battle, which went miserably wrong when his opponent delivered the line, ‘wassup, my name is Chris and let me tell you one thing, you smell like p***’ – obviously he lost that battle!

Snoop had his normal banter in check, saying his ‘main inspiration was having two women by his side.’

Ice-T asked the rappers to spontaneously spit their favourite lyrics of all time, and of course, they had to deliver. As expected, Ice-T knew every rhyme they presented to him and often rapped along.

When talking rap essentials, a lot of the rappers agreed that their voice and delivery was an important part. Chuck D said: ‘you had to have a strong voice to cut through the systems.’ Ice-T later praised Cypress Hill for their delivery of rhymes, saying: ‘When you came out, the vocal delivery was so real.’

Salt n Pepa and MC Lyte were the only females in the film, which was a bit disappointing as I felt others could have gotten involved, such as Lauryn Hill.

Overall, the docufilm delved into interesting subjects, thankfully neglecting the money, women and bling side of 21st century rap and concerning itself more with the technicalities of the art form and the business.

As the film finished, we were treated to phenomenal performances by Melle MelChuck D, RaekwonGhostface Killah and Ice-T; it was a tremendous showcase of linguistic skill which left me simply mesmerised.

July 5, 2012

Childish Gambino – Royalty

Childish Gambino releases an 18-track mixtape Royalty featuring Ghostface Killah, Bun B, Nipsey Hussle, ScHoolBoy Q, Ab-Soul, Beck and more.

Download Childish Gambino – Royalty here

Catch Childish Gambino tonight at YoYo’s Nottinghill Arts Club or at Wireless this weekend.

July 3, 2012

Kanye West & Pusha T – New God Flow

Kanye West and Pusha T debuted New God Flow at the BET Awards on Sunday 1st July. This will be the second single off G.O.O.D Music’s Cruel Summer album. The track starts with a sample from Mighty Healthy by Ghostface Killah leading into Pusha T’s hard driven lyrics.

June 3, 2012

Estelle – All of Me: The Reminder

Estelle has gone all out for her new mixtape which has 37 songs and features from John Legend, Talib Kweli, David Guetta, Cee-Lo Green, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Mavado, Gym Class Heroes and more.

Estelle – All of Me: The Reminder (Tracklisting):

1. Cupid
2. The Don (Freestyle)
3. Guilty as Charged (with Gym Class Heroes)
4. Circulate (Freestyle)
5. Change is Coming
6. True Keys Ninja (with Raekwon)
7. Dance Bitch
8. London Town
9. Funky Dineva (Speaks 1)
10. Rollacoasta (with Robin Thicke)
11. Boarderline (Feat. Josiah Bell)
12. Ready for Love
13. Still Love You
14. Oliver Twist (Remix)
15. One Love (with David Guetta)
16. I’m the Shit (Estelle Remix)
17. Funky Dineva (Speaks 2)
18. Waste My Time (BMH Remix)
19. I Wanna Love You
20. Fly Girl Power (Feat. Rapsody)
21. To Remember Me
22. Which Way To Go (with Consequence)
23. Star (with Kardinal Offishall)
24. Hey Girl (with John Legend)
25. Funky Dineva (Speaks 3)
26. Play My Part
27. Everyday Stuggle (Feat. Rhymefest)
28. Dance With Me
29. Paragraphs of Love (with Ghostface Killah & Vaughn Anthony)
30. Mercedes Benz (with David Banner)
31. No Other Love (with John Legend)
32. My heart (Remix) (with Wayne Marshall & Mavado)
33. Grown Man (with Gucci Mane)
34. Pretty Please (Love me) (Feat. Cee-Lo Green)
35. Freedom (Feat. Talib Kweli & John Legend)
36. Funky Dineva Speaks 4
37. DJ Play the Beat

Download Estelle – All of Me: The Reminder mixtape here 

March 13, 2012

Josh Osho – The Manifesto EP

Josh Osho releases his 7- track soulful EP The Manifesto. He has gained fans both here and in the US with his debut single Redemption Days featuring Wu Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. Now he shows us what he’s made of with his unique singing voice thats powerful and laid back all in one. He has a few features on here including Smiler, Etta Bond plus more.

Download and listen to Josh Osho – The Manifesto EP below